This is a 30 question Literacy Test given by the state of Louisiana (UNTIL 1964!!!) to disenfranchise African Americans in the early 1900's. As stated in the directions on the actual document, individuals were given 10 minutes and had to receive a perfect score. One wrong answer denotes failure, and failure of this test would make you ineligible to vote! This is just one of the many ways Freedmen and future African-Americans were kept from accessing their right to vote to keep segregation practices alive and well!
This is virtually impossible, especially since some questions appear to have more than one possible right answer -- but that was the point. I tell students we're having a "Pop Test" (even high school students are gullible enough to believe this!) This gets their attention, but still, nothing can really prepare them for taking this test as the timer counts done and the questions grow more confusing. At the end, students love to go over it, and it is a great debrief experience for students explaining their emotions and how they felt. THEN, I bring them to the description that almost everyone misses. This is a primary source document used until 1964!
It is important to note however, that while some students will find fun and entertaining, that you bring the focus back to the fact that this was reality to millions of African Americans, and represents the state-approved, systemic racism of the Jim Crow Era.
This is awesome for any level of a US-II class covering Reconstruction or the Modern Civil Rights Movement, an American Government course, or AP US History class (Periods, 5, 6, or 8).